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Updated 9/26/2013

Family Acanthuridae


Zebrasoma veliferum

Hanauma Bay, Oahu, 5 feet


Waikiki Aquarium


Juvenile, Moku o Loe, Oahu, 3 feet


Juvenile, Nu'uuli, Samoa, 5 feet

Hanauma Bay, Oahu, 6 feet

 SAILFIN TANG        māne'one'o

Locally common in sheltered bays among coral where it feeds upon filamentous algae.  Typically forms a pair bond.  Extends broad dorsal and anal fins when disturbed.  Yellow stripes may disappear at will, appearing brown overall.  Juveniles have extremely tall fins.  Attains 16 inches.  Tropical & Subtropical Pacific including Hawaii and Japan.  Replaced by Zebrasoma desjardinii in the Indian Ocean.